You and your Memoirs

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Your life is not dull and boring! It may seem dull to you, but other people think the same thing about themselves. It’s a little like the concept of “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” We each lead different lives, and what we live can be very interesting to someone else. So get out your pen and paper or your computer and have a go at writing about your life!

There are some things you’ll need:

Computer with word-processing program or/and

Pad of paper and pen

Your memories

First things first – In a notebook, write down the particulars about yourself. When you were born, where, how much you weighed at birth, what time it was when you came into the world, what your parents names are/were. Who attended your birth, your doctors, what was said as you were born, and other aspects of your birth.

Then add to your pages from your first memories. Maybe it was something that happened to you your first day at school, maybe it was something your parents taught you. What were your first animals, your first toy, etc.? Write it down.

Add to that. Describe your family the way you see them. List your siblings, your cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. Think about your genealogy; are there any famous or infamous relatives in your lifetime? Be sure to mention them. Tell the story as you know it, it doesn’t have to be perfect, and these are your thoughts, not a non-fiction book.

When you start, begin by thinking about things that mean something to you. Think about the schools you attended and the friends you made. What bad things have happened to you? What good things? What role does religion play in your life? What about politics? What unusual places have you been? What animals have you owned? Do you have any funny or sad stories about animals? You can fill a notebook in no time at all.

The next step is to organize all your information. Are you planning to write a book to be published from your memoirs? You will need to separate into chapters the information you have gathered and written. Try to start each chapter at a distinct place. And it should end the same way. Tell the story from your point of view, and since it’s your story, have fun with it!

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